The Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) is offering a PhD position on Climate gas exchange in new lakes and wetlands commencing 01.04.2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment

The successful applicant will be based at the Freshwater Biological Section and co-operate with Biological Institute, Southern University. The Freshwater Biological Section covers: biodiversity, climate gas exchange, carbon dynamics in freshwaters and wetland, ecophysiology, ecosystem dynamics and alpine-arctic-tropical research. The section comprises research and teaching of staff members, laboratory technicians, Post Docs, PhD candidates and MSc and BSc students. The section has state-of-the-art laboratory and field equipment and experience in conducting extensive field sampling and experiments.

Project description

The PhD position is part of a 4-years grant from Danmarks Frie Forskningsråd (DFF) entitled “Supporting climate and biodiversity by rewetting of low-laying areas” and lead by Professor Kaj Sand-Jensen.

Changes in carbon retention and climate gas exchange are expected as restored lakes and wetlands develop. Carbon sequestration is expected to increase with coverage of established riparian vegetation. In contrast, CO2 emission is expected to increase, and CH4 emissions to decline, when oxygen supply increases over air-exposed lake bottoms at low water level.

The two main research questions of the PhD project are: (1) How do carbon retention and climate gas emission from wetlands and lakes change as a function of hydrology, time since restoration and disturbance regime, and (2) How do carbon retention and climate gas emission depend on soil and sediment types.

Principal supervisor isProfessor Kaj Sand-Jensen (ksandjensen@bio.ku.dk), Department of Biology; co-supervisors are Associate Professor Dean Jacobsen (djacobsen@bio.ku.dk), Department of Biology and Associate Professor Theis Kragh, University of Southern Denmark (tkragh@biology.sdu.dk).  

Job description
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:

  • To manage and carry through your research project
  • To attend PhD courses
  • To write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • To teach and disseminate your research
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad
  • To work for the department

Formal requirements

Applicants should hold a MSc degree, or equivalent, in biology, ecology, bio-geochemistry or closely-related fields. As criteria for assessment of your qualifications, emphasis will also be laid on relevant work experience and previous publications (if any).

We are seeking a highly motivated and ambitious individual with good interpersonal and communication skills. Previous experience in field work on lakes and/or wetlands, biological experiments, gas measurements and sensor electronics will be considered an asset.

Fluency in spoken and written English is a requirement.

Terms of employment
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 331,125 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 53,811). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Cover Letter (1 page) describing your background, personal qualities, research interests and motivation for applying for this position
  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)
  • A short abstract of the MSc thesis
  • 2 reference letters (if any)

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is 08.02 2021, 23:59 GMT +1

Procedures and shortlisting
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards, an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/ 

For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact Kaj Sand-Jensen (ksandjensen@bio.ku.dk), Dean Jacobsen (djacobsen@bio.ku.dk) or Theis Kragh (tkragh@biology.sdu.dk).

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at https://www.science.ku.dk/phd 


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